Harvard University Debate Team Loses to New York Prison Inmates

Harvard University Debate Team Loses to New York Prison Inmates

So much for the ‘educated’ with a huge student loan to pay back – LOL – no common sense.

National debate champions from top Ivy League institute lose to team from Eastern New York Correctional Facility

The Harvard campus

The Harvard campus Photo: ALAMY

On one side of the stage were three of the brightest students from one of America’s top Ivy League universities.

Sitting just yards away for the high profile debate were not peers from Yale or Princeton, but three men convicted of violent crimes such as manslaughter who are currently incarcerated at the maximum security Eastern New York Correctional Facility.

It was a debating contest like no other – and despite arguing for a motion that they firmly disagreed with – the prisoners defied the odds and beat their Harvard opponents to cheers from the audience.

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The three inmates, Carl Snyder, Dyjuan Tatro and Carlos Polanco, were tasked with arguing that public schools should be allowed to turn away students whose parents entered the US illegally.
‘Students in the prison are held to the exact same standards, levels of rigour and expectation’
Max Kenner, Bard Prison Initiative

“They caught us off guard,” Anais Carell, a 20-year-old student told the Wall Street Journal, adding how impressed the Harvard students, who are the current national champions, had been by their opponents.

Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11916035/Harvard-university-debate-team-loses-to-New-York-prison-inmates.html?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_pq_fb_20150423

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